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It’s the time of the year again. 

According to the annual report from The Oxford Languages, “Vax’ is the Word of the Year for 2021. 

Based on the report, in September alone, the word “vax” appeared 72 times more frequently in comparison with 2020. 

“Vax is our 2021 Word of the Year. When our lexicographers began digging into our English language corpus data it quickly became apparent that vax was a particularly striking term. A relatively rare word in our corpus until this year, by September it was over 72 times more frequent than at the same time last year,” the report says. “It has generated numerous derivatives that we are now seeing in a wide range of informal contexts, from vax sites and vax cards to getting vaxxed and being fully vaxxed, no word better captures the atmosphere of the past year than vax.”

The report also says that the word first appeared in the 1980s as a noun. 

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